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Lars Nootbaar drives in two in a victory over the Diamondbacks

 The Associated Press  |    Apr 24th, 2024 10:50pm EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lars Nootbaar drove in two runs and Kyle Gibson pitched six effective innings, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of three-game series on Wednesday.

It was the first win in a series finale this season for the Cardinals.

In his 299th start, Gibson (2-2) allowed one run and five hits. Gibson struck out six and walked two.

Three relievers finished up for St. Louis.

Former Cardinal Jordan Montgomery (1-1) went seven innings in his second start for Arizona since signing a one-year, $25 million deal as this season began. He allowed three runs, two earned, and six hits and struck out four and walked one.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit a pair of two-run homers and the New York Mets avoided a three-game series sweep with a win over San Francisco.

Lindor went 4 for 5 with four RBIs and recorded the 16th multi-homer game of his career.

Tyrone Taylor homered and added a two-run double, and Jeff McNeil had an RBI single as New York snapped a three-game skid.

Tyler Fitzgerald homered for San Francisco, which was seeking its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Mets starter Sean Manaea struggled with his command, but battled through 4 2/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and four walks. The 32-year-old left-hander allowed four hits, all singles.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Gunnar Henderson continued his hot streak at the plate with three hits and three RBIs and Baltimore defeated the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 despite Mike Trout becoming the first player in the majors to reach 10 home runs this season.

Batting leadoff for the second straight day, Trout got the Angels on the board with a solo shot down the left-field line off Dean Kremer (1-2) in the sixth. It’s the third time in the past seven seasons Trout has been the first in the majors to reach double digits in homers.

That began Los Angeles’ rally from being down 6-0 to having the tying run on first with two outs in the ninth.

With the Angels trailing 6-4, Ehire Adrianza led off the ninth with an infield single off Orioles closer Craig Kimbrell and advanced to third on second baseman Jorge Mateo’s throwing error. Logan O’Hoppe’s grounder drove him in to get the Angels within a run.

Jo Adell drew a walk with two outs, but was caught stealing second to end the game. There was a replay review, but the call stood to give Kimbrell his 424th career save, tied with John Franco for sixth on the all-time list.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Connor Wong homered twice and Rafael Devers connected for a homer in his return to Boston’s lineup, sending the banged-up Red Sox to an 8-0 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday night.

Wong hit leadoff homers in the second and sixth innings off Carlos Carrasco (1-2). He added an RBI single in the ninth and had four hits.

Devers, who missed the previous five games with a bone bruise in his knee, homered in the fifth as the Red Sox piled up 16 hits and cooled off baseball’s hottest team with a four-hit shutout.

Rookie outfielder Wilyer Abreu also had four hits and drove in a run in Boston’s second shutout against Cleveland in a week.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — William Contreras had three hits and Milwaukee used one big inning to edge the Pittsburgh.

The Brewers took advantage of a sloppy second inning by the Pirates to turn an error, two walks and two hit batters and an RBI single by Contreras into three runs.

Sal Frelick had two hits for Milwaukee, which snapped a two-game skid. Bryan Hudson (2-1) worked 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Joel Payamps overcame a pair of errors in the ninth for his third save.

Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run homer for Pittsburgh, but the Pirates managed just four hits against five relievers in a bullpen game that favored the Brewers.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Shohei Ohtani had three doubles to improve his major league-leading batting average to .371, rookie Landon Knack got his first victory and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed Washington.

The Dodgers had a season-high 20 hits en route to their third straight victory, with Mookie Betts and Will Smith each having four hits and Andy Pages homering.

Nick Senzel homered for Washington. The Nationals didn’t have a baserunner after the second inning.

Ohtani went 3 for 6, hitting RBI doubles in the eighth and ninth innings. He leads the majors in slugging percentage (.695), OPS (1.128), extra-base hits (21) and doubles (14).


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla, (AP) — Curtis Mead hit his first home run of the season and Tampa Bay beat Detroit to avoid a three-game sweep.

Ben Rortvedt collected his second RBI of the game with a single and scored on Mead’s two-run drive off Will Vest (1-1) that put the Rays ahead 7-5 in the sixth inning. It was Mead’s first homer since Sept. 22.

Tampa Bay had lost three in row and five of seven.

The Tigers completed a six-game trip at 4-2 and are 10-4 on the road this season.


NEW YORK (AP) —Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer in the first inning after Oakland starting pitcher Joe Boyle was called for a balk on the previous pitch and the New York Yankees beat the Athletics.

Anthony Rizzo and Juan Soto also homered as the Yankees won for the fifth time in seven games and improved to 10-1 in their last 11 in the Bronx against Oakland.

Judge appeared to take a called third strike and was headed back to the dugout, but Boyle (1-4) was charged with a balk. Judge then hit an outside fastball to the short porch in right field for his 261st homer, passing former captain Derek Jeter for ninth on the Yankees’ all-time list.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Santiago Espinal had three RBIs, reliever Fernando Cruz pitched out a jam in the seventh inning and Cincinnati held on for a win over Philadelphia.

Will Benson had a solo homer in the third inning. Espinal singled home two as part of a four-run sixth and drove in another with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Reds starter Nick Lodolo went five innings, allowing three runs and six hits while striking out four and walking three.

For the second straight night, Cruz came in with one out and stranded Phillies runners on second and third.

Elly De La Cruz had three hits and three stolen bases. In the eighth, he singled, stole second and third and scored on a fly ball by Spencer Steer.

The loss wasted another excellent outing by Philadelphia starter Spencer Turnbull, who allowed a run and three hits through five innings.

Turnbull has allowed just four earned runs and 13 hits in 27 innings through his first five starts.

Alec Bohm had three hits and two RBIs for the Phillies, who have lost two in a row to the Reds after taking the first game of the series on Monday.


ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Harris II doubled home Ronald Acuña Jr. in the 10th inning and Atlanta edged Miami after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth to complete a three-game sweep.

A.J. Minter (4-1) struck out Jazz Chisolm Jr. with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the 10th to earn the win for the Braves, who have won nine of their last 10.

The Marlins had tied it in the ninth with two runs off Braves closer Raisel Iglesias, who blew his first save in eight chances this season.

Luis Arraez, Bryan De La Cruz and Jazz Chisholm Jr. all singled to load the bases. Braves first baseman Matt Olson committed a fielding error on Josh Bell’s grounder that allowed two runs to score and tied the game at 3. Iglesias retired the next three batters to get out of the ninth.

The Braves threatened in the ninth, but Acuña grounded into a double play with two men on to end the inning.

Tanner Scott (0-4) took the loss for the Marlins, who have been swept three times this season.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Willi Castro hit a 3-run home run on his 27th birthday and Joe Ryan pitched six innings for his first win of the year as Minnesota beat the Chicago White Sox.

Castro’s homer capped a four-run second inning against Chicago left-hander Garrett Crochet. It was his second career home run on his birthday and it drove in Austin Martin and Christian Vásquez.

Ryan (1-1) had a pair of three-strikeout innings, but also allowed solo homers in the third to Kevin Pillar and Korey Lee. The Twins righty struck out seven and gave up three runs to win for the first time in five starts.

Minnesota, which had a season-high 13 hits, has won the first three games of the four-game series against the White Sox, who hold the worst record in the majors at 3-21.


CHICAGO (AP) — Dansby Swanson hit a three-run homer during Chicago’s four-run first inning and the short-handed Cubs beat Houston.

Playing without Cody Bellinger, Chicago used Swanson’s big swing and a solid start by Jameson Taillon to earn its second straight win. It will try to sweep the three-game set against the struggling Astros on Thursday.

Taillon (2-0) allowed two runs, one earned, and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked two in his second start since he began the season on the injured list with a back strain.

Houston lost for the seventh time in eight games. It has scored a total of 21 runs during the slide.